Music is a great gift from God and each CCS student can develop his or her own musical abilities and talents to glorify God throughout life.
The music program at Charlottesville Catholic School offers students a wide variety of avenues to express themselves musically and creatively. The foundation of music education at Charlottesville Catholic School is audiation, or “musical thinking.” Students’ audiation is bolstered by exposure to a rich musical vocabulary and participation in movement-based learning. In addition to learning audiation, Charlottesville Catholic School students receive a well-rounded musical experience. Students learn about myriad styles, cultures, and time-periods; experiment with new instruments, tonalities, and meters; and move through different levels, spaces, and pathways. In addition, the music program grants students the opportunity to improvise, read music, compose, and perform. Through these methods and techniques, students learn that, though entertaining, music is a discipline and art worthy of respect and diligent study.
The primary goal of the music program is to give students musical skills that they can use for a lifetime, skills that will transform students into competent, literate musicians who have an understanding and appreciation for music no matter what the musical environment. Through formal and informal music training, students will develop a meaningful and lasting appreciation of music.
All elementary students attend a general music class twice a week where they sing, chant, move, and play a variety of percussion instruments. As students progress in their music education, they are exposed to music history and theory. Each year students participate in the Christmas and Spring concerts where they perform a variety of music. All students and their families look forward to these exciting events.
Middle school students take art and music for a semester each. In addition, middle school students have the opportunity to select from a variety of music electives, should they wish to gain a deeper understanding and focus in a core area.
6th through 8th grade students practice and perform a spring musical production each year that is open to the public.
Students perform music concerts in both the winter (Christmas) and spring each year.